ICC Player of the Month for November: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday adjudged explosive Australian opener David Warner and West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews as the respective Men and Women’s Player of the Month award winner for the month of November.
Warner’s stellar efforts during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 were noted down as he helped Australia bag its maiden T20 World Cup title in Dubai. Warner’s valiant efforts assisted him to pip the likes of New Zealand pacer Tim Southee and Pakistani opener Abid Ali.
The Aussie opener was also named as the Player of the Tournament in the T20 World Cup. He smacked three half-centuries including the one against New Zealand in the final. David amassed a total of 289 runs in seven World cup matches at a strike rate of 146.70.
The southpaw mustered 53 runs off 38 deliveries in the final against New Zealand as Australia crossed the total of 173 runs with one over to spare.
Russel Arnold, who is one of the jury members said that David Warner returned to his absolute best during the all-important showpiece event.
“David was back to his scintillating best during the T20 WC and his aggression at the top of the order was outstanding,” Arnold was quoted as saying in the ICC statement.
“His 209 runs at a strike rate of 151 in four innings simply tells the story. There was no recovering from the early onslaught by Warner and his stroke play was pleasing to the eye,” Arnold added.
Hayley Matthews won Women’s POTM:
Meanwhile, Hayley Matthews outplayed Pakistan’s left-arm spinners Anam Amin and Nahida Akter of Bangladesh and won the Player of the Month award in the women’s category.
She amassed 141 runs in four One Day matches against Pakistan in Karachi. She also scalped nine wickets in the series, registering her overall best of 4/26 in the series.
“Hayley was the star of the tournament, performing with both bat and ball. Her all-round performance was one of the reasons the West Indies won against Pakistan, and she deserves to be the women’s Player of the Month,” said Irfan Pathan who was also part of the jury.